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are not an outlet. we are a program at the university of california, a graduate program that does reporting, but we are working with different organizations. we do not really have an initiative, per said, but there are organizations that are doing incredible work with citizens. "the guardian" in the u.k. is the best example of a large organization that works with citizens on a huge scale. one of the things they did in the last couple years was pulled from public records about the way their politicians are spending money. millions of documents. they created a form and citizens volunteered to go through those millions of documents and competed. it was amazingly successful. i do not know how many thousands of people participated, but it was a lot. "the guardian" is very innovative. american journalists are trying to find ways to do this -- to engage citizens. we do not get a lot of cold calls or tips, but we never ignore. i do not know if there are journalists out there -- we never ignore a tip. i do not care how crazy it seems, how far-fetched -- we always follow up. you will be surprised at how many
independent line. danny is in modesto, california. you are on the air, tammy. go ahead. >> it is not what i want to hear, it is what i believe about joe biden. he says he is a roman catholic that is for abortion, which really bothers me. caller: -- host -- >> you are on the other line, who are you voting for? >> mitt romney. i have been watching it every day. i believe that mitt romney is a true american, a catholic. joe biden says he is a catholic, but his for abortion, which is an abomination. >> let's go to an obama supporter in california. >> i just want to hear president obama on the fema conversation that he had, letting it go to states, so that the people that suffered the disaster -- >> tying in to the female response, the role of the federal government in the hurricane is tied to your vote? >> sorry? >> your tying in the role of the mob? wax on the last days of his campaigning, i understand that mitt romney took us there, to fina. if he cared about the american people, and why as chris christie now depended on the fema, if he is such a supporter of mitt romney, he will depend on th
that -- people ignore the fact that these states are divided according to population. california, texas have more votes. the electoral college is divided so that it -- 100 senators plus the three electors from d.c. it is already weighted towards have the states in terms of population. host: george on our line for democrats. hello. caller: again, the reason the electoral college was established is our founding fathers as bright and democratic as they were did not trust the population. as i just mentioned, the senators were not elected until after the turn of the century. and as far as the electoral college protecting the smaller states, well, let us be honest, new hampshire and iowa basically sets the presidential candidates. it is really hard if you lose. it is very, very difficult. they have bounced back. i do not recall who. i. bush did, and a couple others. but the electoral college is really elitist. host: we will leave it there. to that is accurate. many thought that citizens could not be responsible for making these decisions. he and my view, james madison, was the most brilliant and a bril
, and in states like virginia, that are heavily impacted by defense spending, and your state of california, those two states are impacted most. california did go through a recession in the early 1990's, and people blame that on defense cutbacks. virginia took about the same amount of cuts and we did not experience the same recession. we found ways to grow in other areas and replace those defense contractors with other areas, etc. that is a really good example. i am so glad you brought it out. a couple of points for conversation. we had another cut in spending that we did that was similar to this, not of the same magnitude, back in 1987 when we had the gramm-rudman, the first sequester. you probably know the numbers, professor. i forget how much it was. the average cutback was on the magnitude of 3%. that is not as big as we're talking about now. it is interesting to see how federal agencies responded. the way they responded is they could save money. we did not see a reduction for the most part and vital -- in a vital services. i agree with you on the programs you mentioned, like food inspection.
in the popular vote because they run up the score in enormously popular states like california, new york. really, the only popular state republicans were up to score is taxes. democrats waste more votes than republicans do. it is that would be the norm if you had a divided electoral votes. this time, it is different. if that happens, it would be more likely to go the other way because of the last electoral college we are talking about. >> amy talked about pennsylvania being off the map. pennsylvania is put as a swing state. some electoral maps have it that way. >> i would look to follow the money. if a campaign has spent approximately $0 on a state, that says to me they are not invested in that state and considerate of a battleground state. that is what has happened. they talk about that. people on the ground. organizations, that is nice. but nobody has put a dime, from either campaign, recently, in terms of advertising, some of the out side groups put a little bit of money in there, but only a little. most of this money is going, and the poor people of ohio have been innovative for month. i com
come in new york california. so i don't know where she's from because if you are from central new york, she would be going through the clean energy policy. instead, she voted when she was in office to protect the coal industry. ann marie buerkle, we don't have equal. >> moderator: that we are going to continue hydro- franking. maffei: we need to continue the moratorium. at the least to make a moratorium until we have federal regulation, until it's under the clean water act that would make sure clean water, et cetera. personally i don't feel like we should have it in upstate new york and i'll tell you why. people say well, it will create jobs. i have seen too much evidence of that kind may be a job here and there, but what it will do is disrupt the wineries that are spotting up along the lakes. the two reason that we have, the framing, both conventional like dairy and organic farming is now going on. we have a clean water economy and i believe that our future is because of our clean water. so when politicians say we've got gold under her feet away to exploit it, i think what it is is a
. it is not surprising you see these issues. host: charlie from annapolis, california. go ahead. caller: it had a friend was under water in her mortgage. and in california with a program to save your house. pampa, and she qualifies for it, but her bank, city mortgage does not participate in this. what happens to people like that? host: this is a right-wing from twitter, what will be government do about underwater homes when it cannot refinance. guest: this is a real issue. i wish to say there's one good way to try to get this done in d.c., it is for your friend to call her congressman, or send a letter laying out the issues that she faces in terms of refinancing. because there are multiple programs the federal government has on refinancing. there may be an avenue for her there. that is that practical level. on the broader sense, the problem is that we struggled in d.c. to find an effective way of refinancing homes. if you look of the presidential campaign, mitt romney attracted a lot of attention and nevada, saying the markets should bottom out. since introduced a plan that is kind of short on details.
. i went to virginia, pennsylvania, kentucky, utah, california. it was surprising how similar the world views of these people were. and so distinct from academic colleagues where i have been getting by phd -- my phd. the first point i would like to make, one thing that sets the tea party apart from many others is that they have a very traditional view of the american dream. essentially, they have a view that america is the land of opportunity at that old people, regardless of background, can succeed. not to say others don't have this view, but they have this belief even more so. it permeates how they answer poll questions and it explains a lot of their other policy positions that people have a hard time understanding. these are some signs that i took at the washington d.c. tea party protests here by the capital. don't spread my wealth, stop punishing success, this is part of a common theme. for this to make sense, i thought we should go to some polling data. i will show you a bunch of numbers that i have conducted. i actually have the opportunity to ask americans in general an
. california, new york, other states. most of the group's funded you on the back level. the stimulus bill. >> time. this is for candidate gill. would you support federal legislation that would allow concealed -- at public universities. if not, would you think illinois should pass such a law for public universities in the state of illinois? >> i would. since i still have a minute and a half to go, i will say mr. davis, you do not know where my individual donors who gave less than $200 live. i would not be telling a crowd you do. , would youman davi support it? >> yes. getting back to responding -- [laughter] i agree i do not know where they are. i do know where your large contributors are that you would be beholden to in washington. they are from new york, california, florida, and what is happening is these are the same people who have been involved in working toward hr 676, a national health-care system that will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars -- jobs and every american the ability to choose when and where to seek treatment. >> my large contributors make up such a much smaller frac
did not work. they took $500 million of tax money from throughout america. they sent it to california to invest in a company with a loan guarantee, solyndra, that went bankrupt. accurately the state of ohio, one in every four children is in poverty. that's a record you should be ashamed of. [applause] >> henry, the next question. >> i'm not for the bailout -- >> we're moving on to henry's question. >> this question is for you. you criticize your opponent two years ago for shuffling his campaign workers ought to the public payroll yet the dayton daily news and others have reported you followed suit. you hired workers to work in the state treasury office. house is that a double standard? what assurances do we have the you'll make federal appointments based on merit and not to help you win? >> you have one minute. >> the comparison is apples and oranges. the people we hired into our office are qualified professionals. i believe there records speak for themselves. let's talk about the record. when the credit rating was downgraded, we have earned the highest rating on our bonds, on our inv
of stores in california to see growing sales instead of buying online. don't hold your breath. that is not likely to be the case. people buy online for convenience and lower prices without getting into the sales tax. >> whether goods sold over the internet should be taxed. tonight at 8:00 on the communicate tors on c-span2. >> c-span spoke with political correspondent for b.n.s. tv in columbus on the campaign. what happens with a potential recount and early voting in the state. ohio is a key battleground state in the 2012 election and holds 18 electoral votes. this sabt 10 minutes. >> joining us in the c-span google hang out is jim heath political report ner columbus ohio. he's also the moderator of capitol square two and a half weeks before the election. >> high steve. it is very tight -- hi steve t. obama campaign insists their two and a half points ahead t. romney camp has it down to a half%. one thing is clear, as we expected all along even when the polls showed it out of whack a month ago, ohio is titened. night campaign expects a blow out and both of them are convinced i
to control things. we know better how to do it in california or texas or wherever it is. so this is what our program is all about. and i believe you're right on to something, that if we don't change the education we're not going to be able to compete. federal funding for education is up substantially -- pell grants are up. but it isn't going to get the job done if we don't change k through 12. >> governor clinton. >> first of all, let me say that i've spent more of my time and life on this in the last 12 years than any other issue. seventy percent of my state's money goes to the public schools, and i was really honored when time magazine said that our schools have shown more improvement than any other state in the country except one other -- they named 2 states showing real strides forward in the 80s. so i care a lot about this, and i've spent countless hours in schools. but let me start with what you said. i agree with some of what mr. bush said, but it's nowhere near enough. we live in a world where what you earn depends on what you can learn, where the average 18- year-old will change job
. >> olive, california. caller: yes, i am here. in washington they have the debate and i will always feel that mitt romney always repeat the same thing over and over. you know, president obama did a good job for the four years. he came in when there was trouble with the e-mail. he did a good job and i am proud of him. caller: appreciate the call. the last one of the days from like in california. >> -- caller: hello? i want to talk about this last speech that mitt romney had in nevada. how out of touch do you have to be to talk about a shuttle crash where people died and you keep talking about a flag? he said he got electricity when he touched it? what about going to the graves of americans who died and feeling the electricity there? come on. really out of touch. i really do not want to vote for a guy who just reminds me of the next nixon, the next reagan. just sweating to the whole debate, a complete flip-flop for liar. just insane. >> we appreciate the call. that was the last one for this session of phones. another rally today for mitt romney in morrison, colorado. our live coverage cont
of time. trust me. you are not important. new york, california, they are now voting republican. if a not he was on a ballot, -- republicans in california do not have any power. it is the craziest thing i ever saw. they live in illinois. they are now voting republican. all i you? not lately. but the shift in demographics across the country. -- ohio. not likely. but the shift in in the demographics across our country, the numbers are smaller in relationship to the rest of the body at large. voting for republican in massive numbers does not make sense. it is not likely to happen. it is the last democrat that the jews felt good about it, was bill clinton. we're not killing good about barack obama. we have -- we are not feeling gd about barack obama. we felt that bill clinton was able to -- he was religious in a country that prides itself on religious freedom. the was a story this week in an article i read about the decline of religiosity. is probably the last president when the country had a pretty apparent culture. since then in the 1990's, it has declined. the and the local group
the republicans. there is a corridor of nevada that is tapped into the california grid. jeffrey also mentioned the housing market and the obama surrogates being in nevada all the time. there was an editorial board interview last year where romney said the housing market should be allowed to bottom out. you cannot say that in nevada. there are so many people who need some sort of assistance. the parties cannot agree about whether it should take the fund washington should be trying to force some kind of principle reduction program. they are not sure the government should be pushing the banks around. people criticize romney about being callous about the particular problems of nevada and how severe the problems were when he made those comments. host: we have another caller from nevada. caller: i am looking at the bat out of 50 states -- nevada being 49th or 50th in education. i just moved to nevada. i cannot see where they are on education. host: carrie brings up some of the personalities in nevada. guest: education is a huge issue in nevada. nevada has not qualify for a race to the top funds. it
a lot of defense-related jobs. there are 200,000 people in california, for example, who've lost their defense-related jobs. they ought to be engaged in making high-speed rail, they ought to be engaged in breaking ground in other technologies, doing waste recycling, clean water technology, and things of that kind. we can create millions of jobs in these new technologies more than we're going to lose in defense if we target it, but we're investing a much smaller percentage of our income in the things you just asked about than all of our major competitors and our wealth growth is going down as a result of this, making the country poorer, which is why i answered the gentleman the way i did before. we have to both bring down the deficit and get our economy going rough these kinds of investments in order to get the kind of wealth and jobs and incomes we need in america. >> mr. perot, what about your plans for the cities? you want to tackle the economy and the deficit first --- >> first, you've got to have money to pay for these things. so, you've got to create jobs. there are all kind
in louisiana, washington state, and california. it is now a ballot member prop 21. what is your position on the top two primary system and why? >> we'll start with jill stein. >> thank you. and thank you so much to free & equal, and thank you for being here. i think top two does not enlarge our democracy. in many ways, it confuses things more. it puts many candidates onto the ballot all together, and it arbitrarily attaches party labels to them. any candidate can choose any label they want. so it really degrades the meaning of our political parties, where they have meaning, and i know they don't always, but there are some that do have meaning that aren't bought and sold to the highest bidder, and the green party is one of those parties. and i know there are some other parties here as well, the independent parties, where the parties actually represent real values. and the top two obscures the meaning of those parties, and it puts everyone together, so you really can't tell who is representing you, and whoever hats the biggest budget stands to win that primary -- whoever has the biggest bu
, the other group i will point to is asians that no one has looked at very much. most asians are in california and hawaii. not exactly target states. asians in northern virginia, i think that is the biggest asian group in a target state. the republicans have been working them pretty hard in fairfax county and if you listen to romney's answer in immigration in the second debate, he is trying to be more palatable to latino voters to see an anti illegal immigrant stance as being more cautious out to hispanic people. it was mostly -- aimed precisely at asians. there are less concerned about illegals. there are fewer illegal asians and the idea of stapling a green card to a diploma hits the spot with many asian americans. >> if i could add what michael said about the minority of boat looking ahead, hispanics as a group have grown much faster than any of us expected looking at the census data. they still have what the great demographer at brookings calls a translation problem. the population is so young, many are not registered citizens. we expect 21 to turnout on election day. for whites that numbe
spare, that were not hard hit, or some as far away as california, they have pledged to start getting equipment, cruise, etc. come into new jersey -- crews, etc., into new jersey. we were able to get c-17's, c- 130's, military transport planes potentially to move assets, personnel, to speed up the process of getting power up and running as soon as possible. our first priority is water filtration plants and some other critical infrastructure. for that, we have emergency generators. we have a navy ship that has helicopters that can move assets around the state as well. we are going to be working with local officials to identify those critical infrastructure and how we can get what is needed as quickly as possible. a couple of other things we are concerned about, as power starts coming back on, we want to make sure people can also get to work. a lot folks in jersey work in new york come in the city, and in other places where transportation may be hobbled. one of the things i mentioned is the possibility of us using federal assets, and military assets as well as taking inventory of the co
for hispanics. and i think that florida, virginia, california -- this is an important topic that the president and romney need to answer. they need to let us know if they are looking out for latinos and the need to let us know what exactly they are doing about foreign policy. guest: first dimension that the president did not do anything on immigration. there's a whole host of issues that the president did not do anything on purity did not focus on the economy, immigration. deficit. focused on his health care law. when you want to make the case for change, for firing somebody, you have to demonstrate that they have failed, and the fact is indisputable that the president failed on all of those fronts. when you look at hiring someone, you look at a resonate, you look at their history. history is a really good predictor of how someone will preform in the future. that is white pepper resonates in interviews when we hire folks. with our debt. we know this about his history. president obama never had that success. host: we are talking with lenny curry, join in us from jacksonville, fla.. we have this
back to california for thousands and thousands of kilometers. what did we learn from this project? a couple of things -- if we have all of this information from our cities and what happens to things we throw away, we can probably redesign and optimize such systems and we can reduce a lot of inefficiencies we saw in those things. another thing that is quite important is if you give this information about what happens out there, then you can promote behavioral change. following the project with someone who told us a i used to drink water in plastic bottles and put them outside my door every day. following the project so it doesn't disappear and now because of this, i stopped drinking water. there was a third thing we discovered more recently that was quite unexpected. that's when a burglar came to our lab at mit and found a lot of stuff, including all of tags that tell you where we go. here is a video about it. if we could try to fix the sound, it might be useful. anyway, this was on the machine. this is what happened. [laughter] [laughter] [laughter] [applause] >> thank you. this w
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